NASA has previously warned in a study that a solar storm on the surface of the sun could hit earth in the coming years causing mass destruction of our power grids. But unlike the coronal mass ejection that provided views of the aurora borealis at lower latitudes than normal earlier this month, this type of solar storm could be so powerful it may wipe out the power grid on the entire planet.
NASA says that other geomagnetic storms occurred back in 1859 and 1921, wiping out telegraph wires completely. A solar storm of greater magnitude could be even more severe today, possibly leaving humans without transportation, communication, or power. This could have a profound effect on the world economy and hold us hostage in a power-less electrical gridlock.
The current cycle of the sun has been projected by some scientists to be one of the most intense since record keeping began almost 400 years ago. The geomagnetic storms in the earth's atmosphere from such a solar storm could have catastrophic effects on the ground here in the Capital District of Albany and upstate New York, with the auroras being a beautiful side effect.
NASA has talked of the possibility of coming solar storms since 2006, and if correct, say an event like this could threaten to beat out the historic solar maximum of 1958. The current period of the sun in its solar minimum has been longer than projected and activity is expected to increase over the next few years.
According to NASA, at the moment, no one knows when the next super solar storm will erupt. It could be 100 years away or just 100 days. Now is a good time to review your disaster plan, especially since September is National Preparedness Month.
What do you think will happen and when? Weigh in with your opinion in the comments section below.
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